Women in Banking Insight at Bank of England

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Unpaid
Roles
Banking/Finance

6.3/10

About You
5.8
The Organisation
7.2
Everything Else

5.5

About You

Role Description

Insight into the Bank of England and their opportunities from the perspective of the women that work there

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the insight in the sense that it provided me with a thorough grounding in the opportunities that were available to me, were I to apply the the Bank of England for an internship or graduate role. However, I did feel as though the trading activity could have been more intellectually stimulating.

6/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Given that it was only an insight day, I was surprised with how open and welcoming those who came to the networking session were. In such a situation, it is easy to see how employees could potentially be seeing it as a waste of time, however they were all enthusiastic and happy to answer any questions we had.

5/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

Given the short amount of time that was spent at the bank, the afternoon was very structured; hence, at no point did I feel as though I lacked guidance or support.

6/10

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I wouldn't say I developed skills, however I don't believe that was the purpose of the insight activity. The information on internships and graduate opportunities received was thorough and I know myself and the other women in attendance really appreciated that.

6/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

there was never a moment in which there was nothing to do. Each activity/talk was allotted a specific time slot. To describe the insight as seamless would not be an understatement. everything ran according to the schedule we were provided.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The insight provided a good balance between being spoken to and then being able to interact with the other women in attendance hence by the end of the insight there was much more of a unified feel to the group, than at the beginning.

5/10

7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I wouldn't say that this question is wholly applicable to the insight since personal training and development were not the purpose of the event.

2/10

8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The insight held not only a networking session, in which we were able to speak to current employees at the bank, but also we were given a 45 minute talk by a full time employee, thus on both accounts we were able to understand what it would be like to work at the Bank of England.

10/10

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Given that it was an insight event geared specifically towards women, this was extremely insightful as to what the culture is like given that we were able to hear it from a women's perspective.

9/10

10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

It was valuable in the sense that it provided me with an insight into what a career in public finance would entail. Through the event I was able to grasp that maybe this is not the career for me, however, had I not been in attendance, this point would still be unsure.

7/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

My travel expenses were covered entirely, thus I would consider this adequate reimbursement.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There was a specific portion of the event dedicated to networking with current employees.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I believe the networking could have lasted longer seeing as I only got the opportunity to speak to a small portion of the employees in attendance.

5/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

No

1/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

If you are unsure as to what sort of financial career you want to go down then I would recommend since from the insight event I was able to grasp that public finance is very different to the private sector, hence it was useful in the sense that it helped me to differentiate the two.

6/10